Is your house as safe as you think?
Natalie spent most of her childhood feeling afraid. So when she moved into her cosy little flat in St Ives and met her three friendly neighbours, she knew at once it was somewhere she’d feel safe.
Before long, Natalie’s neighbours have become the family she never had. Kind, motherly Morwenna, serious, reliable Nigel, and sweet, anxious Daniel. They collect each other’s mail, water each other’s plants, and share each others lives.
But as Natalie knows all too well, the people who are closest to you can also be the most dangerous. And this house is not as safe as she thinks…
I have read Sarah’s first two books and I did really enjoy them. I read the synopsis for ‘I Know You’re There’ and it certainly sounded like my kind of read. I got myself comfortable and began to read. I did enjoy reading it but more about that in a bit.
I can’t say that I really warmed to or took to any of the characters in the book as each seemed to irritate me in some way. That could have more to do with the fact that I believe nobody and suspect everybody. I did feel for Natalie though because living in fear is not a pleasant thing to do and she is certainly living in fear of reprisals by her ex partner, who is currently residing in Her Majesty’s prison system. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Daniel and the fact that he needs a ‘minder/ carer’ to keep a watchful eye and the fact that he sneaks off to read to a mysterious man, who isn’t very old and doesn’t really need anybody to read to him. That said, I did think that the range of characters were well written and I loved the way in which Sarah has managed to create a co-dependent little community of people from all different sorts of backgrounds. In fact the occupants of the house are a little community in themselves.
I have to be honest and admit that it did take me rather a while to get into this book. That could be in part due to the fact that I was very tired thanks to a disturbed nights sleep and my concentration levels weren’t what they should have been. The story is definitely a slow burn type of story but that’s ok because it allows the tension to build throughout the book. It also meant that I could take my time reading it and I wouldn’t miss anything, which I sometimes do with faster paced books. The story was sufficiently engaging to keep me turning the pages as I was curious to discover how the story panned out and if what I suspected was going to happen happened. Some of the twists I guessed and others I didn’t guess.
‘I Know You’re There’ is well written. The author knows how to grab your interest, draw you into the story and then keep your interest all the way through. I can’t say that I was on the edge of my seat throughout the story but the book did prove to be an addictive read. I did like the way in which the author tackled some difficult subjects so sensitively and compassionately. Anything that increases awareness of problems such as mental illness is fine by me.
In short and overall, I did enjoy reading ‘I Know You’re There’ after a bit of a slow start. It is a good book but it isn’t my favourite of Sarah’s books. I would recommend this book to other readers and especially to those readers who prefer more of a slow burn type of book. I can’t wait to read what Sarah comes up with next. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.